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CPGA Professionals Head to 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship

Nov. 17-20

Good morning and good luck to our members playing in the 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship, which kicks off today at the Wanamaker Course in Port Saint Lucie! Pictured L to R: Tony Branham, Neal Lancaster, Mitch Adams, Gus Ulrich, Rick Lewallen, Robert Linville, Michael Hutcheon, Doug Weaver. You can follow along with play using the LIVE PGA Leaderboard that currently lives at the top of our website's homepage. Best of luck, you guys!

 

Carolinas PGA Officers Attend 100th PGA Annual Meeting in NYC

 

Carolinas PGA President John Marino, Vice President Paige Cribb, Secretary Bob Byrnes and Executive Director Jeff Abbot represented the Section at the 100th PGA of America Annual Meeting in New York City last week.  It was an action packed centennial celebration featuring 50 year PGA member Jack Nicklaus as the keynote speaker.  District 10 Director Rick Murphy’s bid to become the next secretary came up short, as Jim Richerson, the General Manager of Whistling Straits, prevailed over Murphy and North Florida PGA’s Russ Libby.  Highlights included Paul Levy being sworn in as the 40th President, Cary Cozby (Southern Hills CC of Tulsa, OK) receiving the PGA’s Golf Professional of the Year, Carolinas PGA Past National Presidents Gary Schall, Will Mann and Roger Warren leading the Past Presidents Forum and Derek Sprague’s Outgoing Presidents Dinner.  CLICK HERE for more information on the annual meeting.

 

Rick Murphy's Bid to Become Next PGA Secretary Comes Up Short

Outgoing District 10 Director Rick Murphy’s campaign to become Secretary of the PGA of America came to an end last week at the PGA’s Centennial Annual Meeting in New York City.  It was a hard fought election won by Jim Richerson of the Wisconsin Section over Murphy and Russ Libby of the North Florida PGA. 

Murphy issued the following statement after Friday’s election: “I am honored to have been afforded the chance to campaign for PGA of America Secretary in the PGA’s Centennial Year. The opportunity to run alongside candidates like Russ Libby and Jim Richerson was a truly humbling and insightful experience. I congratulate Jim and look forward to the future as we work together to grow this great game while serving our members. I will continue to share my knowledge and expertise from my experience as a PGA District Director,  Carolinas PGA Board Member, PGA Teaching Professional, business owner and mentor for golfers young and old as I strive to make the most beneficial and positive contributions to the sport we all know and love. Let this serve as a reminder to all of my PGA friends, family and colleagues that, no matter how you serve your association, your local golf community, or the industry as a whole, your commitment to the game of golf is appreciated, valued and makes a difference.  Thank you all for your support and efforts to join me on this journey.”  

Murphy spent countless hours the past year on the campaign trail, and we all owe Rick and his campaign team a big thank you for their efforts to better our Association.  For more election coverage,
CLICK HERE.

 

OMEGA CPGA Match Play Champion

Chris Haarlow, PGA (Precision Golf School - Greensboro, NC)

Way to go, Haarlow! Congrats to Cubs fan and OMEGA CPGA Match Play Champion 2016. Go ahead and celebrate those wins! 

RECAP & MATCH PLAY BRACKET

 

 

Scariest Holes on the PGA TOUR

Happy Halloween! Check out these scariest holes on the PGA TOUR - a few of which are right here in the Carolinas!
 

 

Happy Birthday Peggy Kirk Bell!

Our 44th Hall of Fame Inductee, Peggy Kirk Bell, turns 95 today. Wishing her the happiest of birthdays! 

 

Stuart Clark Heads to Assistant PGA Professional Championship

We're wishing the best of luck to Stuart Clark at the Assistant PGA Professional Championship this week in Port St. Lucie! Stuart qualified for the PGA of America tournament by winning the Carolinas PGA National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship in August at River Run Country Club.
 

Read the full story from MyrtleBeachOnline


Read more here: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/sports/golf/article110263487.html#storylink=cpy
 

2016 PGA Scholarship Winners

Nine from Carolinas Section Granted Monies

The PGA of America recently selected its 2016 National PGA Scholarship Section winners and we are thrilled to announce that nine CPGA member-affiliated students were selected to receive scholarships. The PGA Financial Assistance Fund Scholarship Program was established in 1986 to provide college scholarships for graduating high school seniors and college students who are the children or grandchildren of a PGA member. It is an academic based scholarship program that takes into account the following criteria depending on the class level of the student:
 

High School Graduating Senior:
- High School cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
- ACT and/or SAT test scores
- Extracurricular activities

 

Current College Student (has not reached senior year)
- College cumulative GPA must be at least a 3.4 on a 4.0 scale
- Most recently completed college semester or quarter GPA
- Extracurricular activities

 

Four winners from the high school category and five from the college category, with Carolinas PGA Section affiliations, were granted scholarship funding. Among these individuals, two candidates were awarded the John Cox Scholarship - $5,000 and seven were awarded the National Scholarship - $2,000.
 

 

CAROLINAS SECTION – HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Award Winner

Award

PGA Member

Hannah Hundley

National 2016

Jonathan F. Hundley, PGA

Jonathan Michala

National 2016

Jamie D. Michala, PGA

Samuel Parsons

National 2016

Thomas J. Parsons, PGA

Sarah Grace Cuthbert

National 2016

Grange S. Cuthbert, PGA

 

CAROLINAS SECTION – COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Award Winner

Award

PGA Member

Eliza Cann

National 2016

John A. Abernethy, PGA

Leslie Thelan

John Cox 2016

Brian K. Thelan, PGA

Madison MacDonald

National 2016

Darin M. MacDonald, PGA

Molly Russell

National 2016

Rodney B. Russell, PGA

Samantha Ellison

John Cox 2016

Todd Ellison, PGA

 

For additional information on the program, please visit pga.org.

Congratulations to all!

 

Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area Challenge Finals

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Carolinas PGA Global Golf Sales Area Challenge Finals presented by Bionic, Maui Jim and Sterling Cut Glass.  Given the effects of Hurricane Matthew, we truly appreciate everyone’s effort to join us for this special event.  Congratulations to the Area VII winning team of Derek Watson, Bob Byrnes and Jason Toryk who fired an impressive 50 point total in this modified stableford scoring event with 12 birdies and an eagle!  

 

 

Some Helpful Info for Hurricane Matthew

Carolinas PGA Professionals:

Our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Matthew as this storm moves in this weekend.

For those bracing for Matthew, we’ve made some
helpful information available regarding golf course preparedness – a plan produced by Ron Hickman, PGA, post Hurricane Katrina. We share this now in hopes that it may help those PGA Professionals in the path of Hurricane Matthew as it makes landfall.

Additionally, PGA Members who are impacted and may suffer personal loss, for which they will have un-reimbursed out of pocket expenses, the PGA Disaster Relief Fund may be able to provide assistance. Please contact the PGA Headquarters Membership Department at 800-474-2776 if you need more information.

Best of luck to all during this sensitive time,

Carolinas PGA Section HQ

 
 
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